Viva Arriva marks the return of blue-eyed soul singing Larry Santos, who released a few albums in the '70s on Casablanca and other labels. The 16 songs feature Santos singing and playing piano in a Rod Stewart/Bill Medley voice; in spite of muddled recording, they sound far better than his exploits of yesterday. He excels on ballads like "Georgia on My Mind," and "I Don't Know Why," with its crying guitar. The midtempo floaters are exquisite, especially "We Can't Hide It Anymore." A female artist [name unavailable] joins him on "I'll Come Back to You," and he offers comedy relief with a medley of popular television commercials. He shows rockability on "Hurts So Good" and "Honky Tonk Woman." The only downers are the Burl Ives-ish "My Old Man" and "I Love You More Than Anything" which sounds like "The Candy Man 2."
AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton
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